New ways of getting your work noticed via the web has been a very frequent topic of our posts here. We’ve written about raising your online visibility, making your work more discoverable, and many other aspects of getting your work noticed online. That’s why it makes me very happy to announce that a workshop is being convened to discuss these very topics. At the 3rd International Conference on Web Science (14-15 June), a workshop on tracking scholarly impact on the social web has been organized. Read the post for more details.
Here’s how the organizers describe the session:
The increasing quantity and velocity of scientific output is presenting scholars with a deluge of data. There is growing concern that scholarly output may be swamping traditional mechanisms for both pre-publication filtering (e.g peer review) and post-publication impact filtering (e.g. the Journal Impact Factor).
Increasing scholarly use of Web2.0 tools like CiteULike, Mendeley, Twitter, and blog-style article commenting presents an opportunity to create new filters. Metrics based on a diverse set of social sources could yield broader, richer, and more timely assessments of current and potential scholarly impact. Realizing this, many authors have begun to call for investigation of these “altmetrics.” (see http://www.altmetrics.org for a bibliography and more details).
Despite the growing speculation and early exploratory investigation into the value of altmetrics, however, there remains little concrete, objective research into the properties of these metrics: their validity, their potential value and flaws, and their relationship to established measures. Nor has there been any large umbrella to bring these multiple perspectives together. The altmetrics 11 workshop aims to encourage both these. Submissions are invited from a variety of areas:
- New metrics based on social media
- Tracking science communication on the Web
- Relation between traditional metrics and altmetrics
- Peer-review and altmetrics
- Tools for gathering, analyzing, disseminating altmetrics
Mike Thelwall, University of Wolverhampton: “Evaluating online evidence of research impact”
- Paul Groth – VU University Amsterdam, NL
- Jason Priem – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
- Dario Taraborelli – Wikimedia Foundation, USA
|March 31, 2011||2-page abstracts due|
|April 14, 2011||Acceptance and abstract publication|
|April 14, 2011 – June 14, 2011||Open pre-workshop discussion|
|June 14 – June 15, 2011||Workshop at WebSci 11|
Invitations for post-workshop proceedings will be announced.